Missouri artist covering up racist tattoos for free

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WUHAN, CHINA – FEBRUARY 21: Tattooist Liu Yuanrui, 34, applies ink on a man’s back at the 130 Tattoo Studio on February 21, 2017 in Wuhan, China. After studying the art of tattooing and graduating from the Department of Visual Communication at the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in 2006, she set up her own […]

A Missouri artist is covering racist tattoos for free to try and give people who’ve had a change of heart a second chance.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Springfield tattoo artist Justin Fleetwood announced last month that he was offering the free service. Fleetwood says he’s been surprised by the amount of interest.

Fleetwood says he believes he’ll only be able to cover one or two tattoos a week, but he hopes other tattoo artists will join him.

Jason Bland is among those seeking Fleetwood’s help. Bland got tattoos of a swastika and “1488 white pride” while he was in prison in 2007. But Bland says his feelings have changed since then, especially now that he has a biracial daughter.

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